'Conditioned: Video Screening Programme': Pera Museum Istanbul
5 February 2011
Video Art and Experimental Cinema from Turkey:
Screening and Talk with Curators
Curated by Yekhan Pinarligil & Silke Schmickl
CONDITIONED is a compilation of eight experimental film and video art from Turkey that explores the intellectual conditioning of children and teenagers through both the educational system and contemporary Turkish society at large. Through a variety of styles and approaches, each of these works elude to the conditioning of youth including references to the seemingly innocent daily repetition of the national anthem (The First Ones by Hatice Güleryüz), military methods (Origin by Erkan Özgen), and social injustice (Our village by Sener Özmen). From the privacy of home (A young girl is growing up by Ferhat Özgür) to public spaces (On the thin ice of Burçak Kaygun), several processes are at play, subtly or directly, through the women's prison featured in Koro by Güldem Durmaz or the school in Where Bluebirds fly by Berat Isik. Beyond that lies a reflection on the impact of the world and on the development of an individual such as with the video Delirium by Ethem Özgüven confronting the mechanisms of the consumer society and its psychological consequences.
The program includes:
The First Ones (Hatice Güleryüz), Koro (Güldem Dürmaz), Our Village (Sener Özmen), On the thin ice (Burçak Kaygun), Delirium (Ethem Özgüven), Origin (Erkan Özgen), A young girl is growing up (Ferhat Özgür), Where bluebirds fly (Berat Isik).